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The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

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Herbert Smith pushes for profits to fund pay hikes

Herbert Smith’s property department is under pressure to boost profits to help pay for a 30 per cent increase in assistants’ salaries, to be announced next week. Alongside the salary increases, brought in to keep pace with those already announced by other top firms, Herbert Smith is considering replacing its retrospective firm-wide bonus system with […]

Conditions of justice

The increase in the use of conditional fee agreements could create a two-tier profession, warns Steven Langton. Steven Langton is a barrister at Old Square Chambers. Before 1 April this year, more than 50 per cent of personal injury (PI) claims were funded by legal aid. Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) made up a further 5 […]

Sector Insight:Heavy Industry

The traditional heavy industry sector has been forced to move with the times in order to keep up with the e-commerce boom. Claire Smith and Tamzin Hindmarch report on what the sector now expects from its legal advisers These are hard times for manufacturers in the UK. The traditional heavy industry sector is faced with […]

Akin Gump Korea dept recruits two partners

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is poaching two top corporate partners from New York rival Brown & Wood. Jaemin Park and Jay Gordon Cohen specialise in representing Korean clients and will join Akin Gump’s Korea practice group. The group already represents a number of large corporations in the country – including […]

Freshfields fails to win majority Bruckhaus vote

Freshfields is blaming poor communication between partners at Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber for its failure to approve the merger of the firms, say insider sources. In a preliminary partnership vote on the weekend of 15 April, only two thirds of the largest domestic legal practice in Germany’s partners elected for merger with Freshfields, as revealed […]

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